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Agricultural Knowledge and Knowledge Systems in Post-Soviet Societies


Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Anastasiya Shtaltovna and Conrad Schetter

This volume addresses the crucial role of knowledge and innovation in coping with and adapting to socio-economic and political transformation processes in post-Soviet societies. Unique are the bottom up or micro-sociological and ethnographic perspectives offered by the book on the processes of post-Soviet transformations in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus. Three thematic fields form the structuring frame: cultures of knowledge production and sharing in agriculture; local governance arrangements and knowledge production; and finally, the present situation of agricultural advisory services development.
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Introduction: Independence, Transformation and the Search for a Future in Agriculture


Agricultural Knowledge and Knowledge Systems

Since independence in the early 1990s, the newly formed states of post-Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus have taken different paths to reform their agricultural sectors – by placing emphasis on the cotton sector for export and wheat production to improve food security like Uzbekistan, by reviving former areas of specialization like wine production in Georgia or walnut production in Kyrgyzstan, or by reorganizing pastoral land use and livestock production in northern Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

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